LMU launches Appalachian Reading Series

Special to the Daily News

September 12, 2013

HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will launch its 2013-14 Appalachian Reading Series with visiting poet Jeff Hardin at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Cumberland Gap Wedding Chapel (905 North Cumberland Drive).

Hardin’s poems have appeared in The New Republic, Southern Review, Hudson Review, North American Review, Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, Southwest Review, Hotel Amerika, The Florida Review, Poet Lore, Southern Poetry Review, Zone 3 and many others. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize more than a dozen times, and his poems have been featured on Verse Daily, Poetry Daily and Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. He is the author of two chapbooks, Deep in the Shallows (Green Tower Press, 2002) and The Slow Hill Out (Pudding House, 2003).

Hardin’s first collection, Fall Sanctuary, received the 2004 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press. His second, Notes for a Praise Book, recently appeared from Jacar Press. Hardin will read from Notes for a Praise Book at the LMU event. His work has been praised in periodicals across the region including the Mid-American Review, who’s Matt McBride said, “Hardin’s language is a language of expansion, where sprawling lines trawl ever outward, tracing a never-ending ‘meanwhile.’ Most engaging… is Hardin’s willingness to let the self-go. His epiphanies are moments empty of thought… Hardin’s poems aren’t afraid of ‘letting it all slip and be gone.’ And maybe this is why we should pay such close attention to them.”

Hardin was born in Savannah, Tenn., in Hardin County, where he is an eighth generation descendant from the county’s founder. He is a professor of English at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, Tenn. He is a graduate of Austin Peay State University and the University of Alabama.

Copies of Notes for a Praise Book will be available for purchase. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Arnoult at darnell.arnoult@lmunet.edu or call 423-869-7074.